iPad mini iPad mini best gaming device in iOS lineup

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    cool story:

    After 2 days of my new iPad mini, I have to declare that using the mini for games is awesome. More awesome than an iphone 5 AND and ipad 3 combined. Sure the 9.7" is great for game display but it's heavy and definitely a chore to play with. On the mini, it's absolutely perfect. No real analog controls but the light weight and smaller size is a joy to use for gaming. The graphics is fantastic as well and nearly all the games run so well, it's absolutely amazing.

    I didn't expect this because I was so infatuated with the "terrible screen display" - which it is not but only when not compared to the retina ipad. The mini is a wonderful device!
     
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    Cheers! :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple:
     
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    I'm waiting to play level 600 in TowerMadness. Then I'll tell you how awesome I think the Mini is at playing games... :D
     
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    I would agree. Gaming on the larger iPad always felt a bit cumbersome. Mini is awesome.
     
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    I slightly want to get a bigger capacity iPad so I can have all my games (I have 16gb cause I'm poor)
     
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    I was waiting for a gaming thread to inquire what cool games are on iOS and not on android that you can recommend?

    I like racing and shooters. I tried and love RR2, not sure that is on android but it rocks on the Mini!
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Real racing for me is OK - I was expecting GT5 quality (if you can call it quality) but it's still OK...but being a hard core GT5 and Forza player, I can tell you it's not even close.

    For racing stuff, I like riptide (it's also on android but better, has all the graphics bells and whistles (water splash, effects) - it's only now available on the iphone 5 (the effects that are present on the android tegra 3 devices).

    There's sling shot racing, there is the other vector unit racers as well. Most of the racing stuff is average stuff - but shooters there are so many!

    I can't even begin to list the great ones but you should visit toucharcade they are the best for ios gaming.
     
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    I actually tried Sling Shot racing today at an Apple store as it was already loaded on one of the display modes. I liked it, it's different but I can see myself getting tired of it quickly.

    I have riptide on andriod, I'll stick with that.

    Thanks for the tip on toucharcade. I bookmarked it and will dive into it shortly.

    I wouldn't want to hold a larger device in my hand when I connect HDMI to my HDTV. This size and weight of the Mini is great.
     
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    Playing FIFA 13 on my iPad mini is so much better than playing it on my regular iPad. Screen is perfect size for the controls.
     
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    I read on the Touch Arcade forum that GTA works pretty well with the Mini. Any experiences here with that game?

    I thought there would be more posts on this thread. Gaming is something I thought lots of folks would be interested in. And now with the size and weight of the Mini, .....
     
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    I have never had an issue gaming on the iPad 4. The retina display makes it great. Need for speed looks awesome and is a lot of fun...really easy though. GTA looks like same as it does on ps3....granted it's an older version of the game. I mostly use the mini for checking email and very light browsing. Gaming is still better for me on the whopping 1.5 pound ipad 4
     
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    I have an iPad mini
    iPad 4
    iPhone 5


    Without question the iPad mini is the best iOS gaming device on the market. It's the perfect size. Not too small. Not too big. Fits perfectly in the hands.
     
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    find it hard to believe it's better than playing games on the ipad 4
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Well it is, you see? The lightweight design makes it, you see?
     
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    I find it is, it has a large enough screen, it's light and easy to hold in two hands or one, the unit itself is more comfortable in your hands.

    If the A6X had been in here it would have been phenomenal!
     
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    Thats the only reason why I would expect the 4 to be better for gaming.
     
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    I have Fifa 13 and infinity blade 2 and they're incredible on the mini. What racing game should I invest in? Asphalt, nfs:mw, or real racing 2 hd? Any other great games?
     
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    I was playing real racing 2 HD last night, it works well and much easier to steer, though once I stopped accelerating as my right thumb was too close to the edge and I think the iPad decided it was just my thumb resting there.

    I will say it wasn't the smoothest I've seen the game though, I could see it stuttering a bit in race but YMMV.
     
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    Tower Madness
    Zombie Highway
    Zombie Gunship
    Dead Trigger (more zombies!)
    Tiny Troopers
    Kingdom Rush
    Shadowgun
    Dungeon Hunter (1 or 2)
     
  20. macrumors 68040

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    Now we are getting somewhere with game recommendation.

    Why does every thread on this forum start to compare different iPads? I own the Mini and I'm new to apple ecosystem so that is my focus, recommendations and not comparing different iPads.

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    Thanks awhile to get use to. I palm the Mini with my left hand and my thumb is completely under the device. Any touch I make with my right hand slows down the car.

    I only had this game as a demo on android. I'm not sorry I purchased it on IOS. It rocks IMHO on the Mini.
     
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    Gaming is the main reason I have wanted the iPad mini for a long time. These are some of the games I am playing on the mini and highly recommend.

    Bastion
    Rayman Run
    Arc Squadron

    I am hoping to find a good RPG (story and gameplay) for my next game to play over the holidays.
     
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    Dungeon Hunter is good. Not great, but good.
     
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    Yeah, I played 1 & 2 already and they were ok, but not much in the way of a story.
     
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    My definition of great is Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. I haven't seen anything come close on iOS yet. If someone has, I'm all ears. :D
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    What kind of battery life do you get when gaming? My ipad 3 would last about 11 hours web browsing only or 6 if gaming. Is the mini the same?
     

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